- Degrees Available:
- Major: Yes
- Minor: Yes
- Graduate Degree: No
- Campus: Macomb
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Undergraduate Majors, Minors & Programs of Study
Students majoring in Broadcasting develop production skills through hands-on opportunities in classes and live programming. Students gain an understanding of current issues and challenges faced by the broadcast industry.
Students interested in audio use a facility encompassing five production suites and two on-air studios. All suites/studios include have a full complement of digital recording equipment. Students manage and program WIUS-FM, Broadcasting’s radio station, 88.3, The Dog. Broadcasting students also do daily news and sportscasts and air live coverage of Western’s intercollegiate athletic events.
Video students work in a broadcast quality, state-of-the-air production facility. Students produce live half-hour newscasts carried on the city and campus cable systems. Broadcasting also has a live sports truck with an eight-camera set-up to do live sports, as well as community events. All video produced in the studio, truck, or in the field can be edited in one of seven nonlinear, digital editing suites.
Department of Broadcasting courses are taught by faculty holding terminal degrees. All are dedicated teachers, skilled in training students in writing, audio and video production, post-production, and the law. The faculty is active in research and professional activities.
The Department of Broadcasting has state-of-the-art audio and video production facilities. These facilities are available to all broadcasting majors for coursework completion. The department has a television studio, control room, master control, seven video editing suites, five audio editing suites, a licensed broadcast radio station, two on-air studios, and electronic newsgathering equipment. The department also owns a live truck with an eight-camera capability and includes replay and multi-channel graphics.
Why Broadcasting at WIU?
Students majoring in broadcasting have the opportunity to work with experienced faculty in state-of-the art audio and video production facilities from freshman year to graduation. Production classes are small with an average class size of 10. Broadcasting is dedicated to providing the latest in broadcast technologies to its students. Students also have the unique opportunity to work in live sports production, in radio, television, and on the web. Broadcasting majors have a long tradition of winning awards at the state, regional, and national levels. The Broadcasting Department has an excellent internship program that provides students with learning opportunities in professional broadcast settings around the world. Our alumni work in varied fields of broadcast, cable, satellite, advertising and post-production.